Culture | 2:04 pm | February 2, 2012 | By Julia Zorthian

The world swoons for Olusola ’11

Kevin Olusola '100 has gained attention from a whole host of media since winning "The Sing-Off" last fall. Above is a still from the YouTube video that shot him to fame.
Kevin Olusola '100 has gained attention from a whole host of media since winning "The Sing-Off" last fall. Above is a still from the YouTube video that shot him to fame. Photo by Julia Zorthian.

If Yale students, the viewers of NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” and aspiring cello-boxers weren’t enough, we can now add Jenna Bush Hager (daughter of George W. Bush ’68) to the long list of Kevin Olusola ’11 fans.

Hager interviewed Olusola for a four-minute profile on the Today Show yesterday, asking him questions about his celloboxing, African roots and “Pentatonix,” the capella group with which Olusola won “The Sing-Off” last fall.

“Extraordinary just begins to explain Yale graduate Kevin Olusola. He placed second in the Yo Yo Ma Cello Competition, soloed at Carnegie Hall, speaks five languages and is a groundbreaking YouTube musician. Oh, and on top of it? He’s just a really nice guy,” Hager said at the beginning of the profile.

The segment came a day after Olusola was named an honoree of theGrio 100, an annual list of 100 black or African American people “making history today produced by theGrio.com, an African American video news site.

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